Rory Stewart named new International Development Secretary

Rory Stewart with Raila Odinga
UK Minister for Africa, Rory Stewart MP with Raila Odinga. Photo: Facebook/Raila Odinga

Justice Minister Rory Stewart has been appointed International Development Secretary after Penny Mordaunt was named Defence Secretary following the sacking of Gavin Williamson in relation to the investigation into the leak of information from a National Security Council meeting.

Former diplomat Mr Stewart has extensive experience of Iraq, where he helped administer a province after the war, and Afghanistan, where he set up a development NGO.

In a recent interview with the Spectator, when asked about why he might stand as a candidate to replace the prime minister, he said he was good at helping countries to recover.

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